A wave of dark evil is washing over Woodland, putting all the mages in a deathlike slumber. This cloud of evil comes from the arch mage, who is attempting to rise from his prison tomb. In a desperate attempt to save her people, Cahira is given a shield (containing all the remaining power of the mages) and the dragonfly sword. She must find the warrior of light, who can wield the sword to kill the Arch Mage, but only after she has awakened the evil to human form. She assembles an odd band of friends to accompany her on her quest. She succeeds in finding and enlisting the warrior Aren, who is the leader of the Norsk. The entire party, including a talking bat, set off to kill the wizard. They have many adventures and encounter strange and different things on their journey. The story culminates with a big showdown at the catacomb of the evil Arch Mage.
This young-hearted adventure story
is internally consistent, and uses several different legend bases to demonstrate the value of qualities like honesty, loyalty and, of course, love. The story suffers a bit from glibness, as our intrepid clueless group discovers hidden talents
that overcome all odds. However, for
a light read to whisk you off for an
afternoon, this is a fun book. (May,
320 pp., $6.99)